I haven’t been able to work out where Sharrow really is. To be honest, my attempts haven’t been all that thorough and have so far mostly consisted of looking at historical maps, and talking to local folk in the pub. Through my, ahem, ‘rigorous’ research I’ve gathered that it seems to reach south where it rubs up against Nether Edge; north to and abrupt and noisy end at the ring road and city centre; southwest to Sharrow Head and west to Eccleshall; and east to Heeley. The wise old internet (via postcode boundaries?) Shows the Sharrow Area here:
Where though are the actual boundaries and, within this area, do we also include Highfield, St Mary’s, Lowfield, and even the historical area of Little Sheffield?
It seems appropriate, for an area so hard to pin down, that a new project seeking to explore and interpret it, should itself start out so open-ended. Like Sharrow, the place we will seek to explore, the Sharrow Songs project will be shaped by the people who call it home.
At the new sessions starting at Regather Works in Sheffield at the end of the month there is one clear aim – to work with whoever would like to get involved in the local community to produce a new songbook for and about Sharrow.
Initially, the sessions will be a loose get-together, for a diverse range of people who are interested in their local area, past and present, and who are interested in telling its story – all are welcome, and all art forms can contribute to the project. Meetings will be a mix of open-floor ‘natters’, where all-comers can contribute stories, songs, research, photographs, thoughts, local legends and myths. They’ll be time to explore local history resources and space to consider creative ways to represent and reinterpret them. There are also plans to include ‘field trips’ out into the local area, to other parts of Sheffield, and to the Libraries, Archives and Local Studies.
The final product: a community created and curated publication incorporating a range of contributors and art forms. Ambitious? Maybe. Achievable? Definitely. If the resourcefulness and entrepreneurial nature of your average Sheffield-dweller is anything to go by.
Sessions are free and will take place on Monday Evenings from 7-9pm at Regather Works, 57-59 Club Garden Rd, Sheffield S11 8BU. There will be refreshments available including hot drinks, soft drinks, and Regather’s very own micro-brewed ale.